Average Bench: 104% (5th of 1316)

Based on 2,878 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF000A0671 Model: 11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-11600K @ 3.90GHz

The i5-11600K is the best value "top tier" CPU in Intel’s 11th Gen Rocket Lake-S lineup. With a simple overclock it offers almost the same levels of performance as the 11900K. Rocket Lake brings higher IPC (early samples indicate +19%) which translates to around a 10% faster Effective Speed than both Intel's 10th Gen and AMD’s 5000 series. Despite Intel’s performance lead, AMD continues to outsell Intel. Given the scale of Intel's operation, it’s inexplicable that their marketing remains so neglected. Little effort is made to counter widespread disinformation such as: “it uses too much electricity” or the classic: “it needs more cores”. Intel’s marketing samples are routinely distributed to reviewers that appear better incentivized to bury Intel's products rather than review them. Not enabling XMP or only testing with BIOS power limits enabled is akin to leaving the handbrake on during a race. Mind-numbing “scientific” and rendering benchmarks are presented as gospel. Different games, mostly unplayed by real users, are cherry picked for each “review”. When it's convenient, canned game benchmarks are chosen such as Ulletical’s CSGO which runs at nearly double the in-game fps. Credible benchmark data, which necessarily includes replicable video footage from popular games, is the exception rather than the rule. At every release, AMD’s marketers coordinate narratives to ensure another feast of blue blubber. Nonetheless, towards the end of 2021, Intel’s Golden Cove is due to offer an additional 20-30% performance increase. At that time, with a net 30-40% performance lead, Intel will probably regain significant market share despite AMD's class-leading marketing. In the meantime, most PC gamers need look no further than the 11400F. [Mar '21 CPUPro]

Outstanding average bench

The Intel Core i5-11600K averaged 4.4% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i5-11600K near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 177Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 347Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-11600K is just 17.9%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-11600K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 1,262Pts
Avg. Memory Latency 87.1Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 2,878 samples)
Min Avg Max
76.1 Memory 87.1 95.3
155 1-Core 177 186
313 2-Core 347 369
111% 204 Pts
Min Avg Max
575 4-Core 653 711
894 8-Core 1,033 1,125
107% 843 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,129 64-Core 1,262 1,342
84.7% 1,262 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.65 GHz (avg)
Memory 91.2
1-Core 182
2-Core 360
116% 211 Pts
4-Core 684
8-Core 1,104
114% 894 Pts
64-Core 1,286
86% 1,286 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.65 GHz (avg)
Memory 91.6
1-Core 183
2-Core 365
116% 213 Pts
4-Core 624
8-Core 976
102% 800 Pts
64-Core 1,288
86% 1,288 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.55 GHz (avg)
Memory 92.3
1-Core 169
2-Core 344
111% 202 Pts
4-Core 619
8-Core 1,024
104% 822 Pts
64-Core 1,267
85% 1,267 Pts
LGA1200, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 79.7
1-Core 176
2-Core 364
111% 207 Pts
4-Core 682
8-Core 1,064
112% 873 Pts
64-Core 1,278
86% 1,278 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.55 GHz (avg)
Memory 91.5
1-Core 170
2-Core 320
108% 194 Pts
4-Core 563
8-Core 940
95% 752 Pts
64-Core 1,083
73% 1,083 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 44,036,891 CPUs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $262 @ launch in Mar '21
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Desktop 109%
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Workstation 195%
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Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING Z590-PLUS WIFI

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 80% - Very good Total price: $1,169

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 Comments

11th generation Rocket Lake processor...

Added 2 months ago.

Terrible

1 day ago.

Despite Intel Perfomance lead what the .... are you Smoking guys tell me it must be good stuff!


Excellent

3 days ago.

Unlocked, High clock speed, great for gaming (excellent overall performance), great value, etc


Good

2 months ago.


Excellent

1 month ago.

best budget cpu ever


Excellent

2 months ago.

It's just awesome


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